Poco Launched A Trimmed Down Version Of Poco M2 Pro

Poco M2 Pro will go on its first sale today in India. The smartphone comes with a 5,000 mAh battery, 6 GB RAM and a 13 MP quad-camera setup. It is now all set to go on its first-ever sale.


The Poco M2 comes in two variants. It comes with a price tag of Rs. 10,999 for 6GB of RAM – 64GB of storage variant and Rs. 12,499 for 6GB of RAM – 128GB of internal storage model. And then, the sale begins at 12PM on e-commerce platform Flipkart. Customers can avail no-cost EMI options well.

Poco M2 Pro specifications and features

The Poco M2 is touted as India’s most affordable smartphone with 6GB of RAM. The device has a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch. The display is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone is power by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 processor. There is the option of expanding the storage using a micro SD card as well.

For connectivity, the handset comes with dual-SIM capability, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, IR blaster, and a USB Type-C port. Above all, the battery is rate at 5,000mAh with 18W fast charging, and runs MIUI 11 based on Android 10.

Poco M2 Pro specifications and features

In the camera department, the device gets quad rear cameras (13MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide lens, 5MP macro lens, 2MP depth sensor). For selfies and video calling, there is an 8-megapixel camera at the front. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and the phone is equip with a P2i nano-coating that makes the device splash-proof.

As predicted, the phone comes in new colour options that are different from the Redmi 9 Prime. In addition, customers can buy the Poco M2 in Pitch Black, Slate Blue, and Brick Red colour options.

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PUBG Mobile version 1.0 will include Erangel map refresh

PUBG Mobile confirm via a tweet that PUBG Mobile New Erangel map to release on September 8. It is the surprise the developers had promised.

PUBG Mobile New Erangel map to release on September 8
PUBG Mobile New Erangel map to release on September 8

Last month, the company had said that they had a surprise in store for its fans. PUBG said that the New Erangel map will be included in the new era PUBG Mobile version 1.0 update of the game. In addition to the “New Erangel” map, the new version 1.0 update will bring a new and much more customisable and better visualised UX for the gamers.

Above all, the new Erangel map has lots of changes and improvement, like new design elements, a new weapon and better graphics overall. New Erangel map will not be a completely new map. But instead a revamped version of the classic Erangel map that most PUBG Mobile players are familiar with. It in a similar fashion to the Mad Miramar map.

PUBG Mobile announces Dawn of a New Era community event

The new update is part of PUBG Mobile’s The Dawn of a New Era event. Where they want players to show their favourite memories over the past two years on Erangel. In this event, players will have a chance to win 30,000 UC (PUBG’s in-game currency).

The event will require players to share screenshots and lips from the current Erangel map. There will be three categories, which will include favourite Chicken Dinner memory, favourite screenshot on Erangel and favourite Erangel video clip. The developers will then choose three winners from each of these categories and distribute the reward to them.

Therefore, the first-place winners will get $100 UC and have their clips or images showcased on the official PUBG Twitter handle. The second and third place winners will receive an award of $50 UC and $25 UC, respectively.

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Sony Is Offering PlayStation 5 Pre-order Registration

Sony has some good news for fans and enthusiasts eagerly waiting to get their hands on the soon-to-launch PlayStation 5.

The company is offering preorders for a brand new PS5 at launch. Despite not being able to provide a final price or release date to go along with it. Pre-order registration essentially means that you can now head over to Sony’s official product page for the PlayStation 5. And reserve a unit in advance.

Remember, this is with respect to pre-orders and not adding to cart. Pre-orders have not begun yet. But should you register, you will probably be the first in line to be able to do that as and when that opens. There are a few terms and conditions that must be fulfilled. The biggest being, whether you are lucky enough to be among the first few ones to buy the PS5.

Sony Is Offering PlayStation 5 Pre-order Registration
Sony Is Offering PlayStation 5 Pre-order Registration

Another interesting point is that the PS5 will use an 825GB super-fast SSD, with tech that’s not available off-the-shelf at the moment. While that might not seem like a lot of storage space given the current PS4 Pro comes with 1TB of hard disc storage. The fact that it’s using next-generation SSD tech does make it compelling.

Sony PlayStation 5 now open for pre-order registration

If you want to try, the access page is here. And if you get in, the maximum you’ll be allowed to order will be: 1 PS5 Console or 1 PS5 Digital Edition, 2 DualSense wireless controllers, 2 DualSense charging stations, 2 Pulse 3D wireless headsets, 2 Media remotes, 2 HD Cameras

The PS5 is forecasted to launch in November, so we’re expecting to hear more about it before that in terms of models and prices. So far it looks like the PS5 will be expensive. But with games like Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 on the horizon. It just might prove to be worth the asking price.




Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Camera shootout

The Galaxy Note 20 and iPhone 11 Pro Max both take amazing pictures

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes to this fight with three rear cameras, including a 108-megapixel main wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 12MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and 50x Space Zoom. Samsung also includes a laser auto focus sensor along with a 10MP selfie shooter.

Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max answers back with a triple rear camera array consisting of 12MP wide camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera and 12MP telephoto lens that can achieve 2x optical and 10x digital zoom. And this phone has some special photo features of its own, including Deep Fusion for better detail and next-gen Smart HDR.

Note 20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Night mode

The iPhone 11 Pro Max produces a brighter shot, as you can make out the basket more clearly as well as the fruit inside. The lemon and especially the apples down below are less visible in the Note 20 Ultra’s photo.

Night mode

Note 20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Produce

The Note 20 Ultra delivers punchier colors overall, especially in the the green, orange and red peppers. But once again the iPhone 11 Pro Max produces more natural-looking hues along with more detail when you zoom in. The wooden cases also look sharper with the iPhone’s camera.


Note 20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Flower

The Note 20 Ultra starts out strong with this comparison of a flower taken outdoors. The red in the petals is closer to real life, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s shot introduces more violet. The white balance also looks a bit better in the Note’s shot. To the iPhone’s credit, the white area of the flower pops a bit more against the background, and the background is more in focus.



Note 20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – 10x zoom

This is where the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pulls ahead. It offers a 5x optical zoom and a 10x hybrid optical zoom that delivers a considerably sharper image. You can make out more detail in the tree that straddles this creek, as well as in the surrounding leaves and the pebbles in the foreground. The iPhone 11 Pro Max manages to not blow out some of the sunnier highlights, which the Note 20 Ultra does.

10x zoom


Note 20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Portrait

The Live Focus mode on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is plenty capable, as it delivered a good bokeh effect on this portrait. The iPhone 11 Pro Max captured a warmer portrait with more even lighting overall. But the iPhone’s photo also looks a bit too warm.

Galaxy Note - Portrait

Note 20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Verdict

The iPhone tends to deliver more realistic colors, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leans toward more saturated hues. So which you prefer may depend on your tastes. I personally like the iPhone 11 Pro for portraits and selfies, and its Night mode is more effective.
Where the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pulls ahead is with its 108MP sensor and especially its more powerful zoom. The iPhone 11 Pro Max simply can’t go as far as the Samsung. Although the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro could narrow that gap with a telephoto that cuts in closer.Galaxy Note

How Google Meet bulked up capacity to meet demand during coronavirus

The Zoom rival reached 100 million daily meeting participants during the pandemic.

Google Meet reached 100 million daily meeting participants

Google has revealed how it scaled its Google Meet to meet the demand for online meetings during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As COVID-19 turned our world into a more physically distant one. Many people began looking to online video conferencing to maintain social, educational and workplace contact.” – Samantha Schaevitz, staff site reliability engineer at Google explained, in a blog post. “The virus’s growing impact on how people were working, learning and socializing with friends and family translated to a lot more people looking to services like Google Meet to keep in touch.”

On Feb. 17, Google’s Meet Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team was being notified about regional capacity issues on the service. “Because Google’s user-facing services are built with redundancy, these alerts didn’t indicate ongoing user-visible issues.” – Schaevitz explained, in the blog post. “But it soon became clear that usage of the product in Asia was trending sharply upward.”

“The SRE team began working with the capacity planning team to find additional resources to handle this increase. But it became obvious that we needed to start planning further ahead, for the eventuality that the epidemic would spread beyond the region,” Schaevitz added.

Italy began its COVID-19 lockdown shortly after, as it attempted to combat the novel coronavirus. Usage of Google Meet in Italy also picked up.

As the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm prepared Google Meet for the demands of the pandemic. Many aspects of the situation were still unknown.

“Most of the social effects of COVID-19 were unknown or very difficult to predict,” Schaevitz added. “Our mission was abstract: we needed to prevent any outages for what had become a critical product for large amounts of new users, while scaling the system without knowledge of where the growth would come from and when it would level off.”

How Google Meet bulked up capacity.

Like many companies around the world, Google was also transitioning to employees working from home. “Without the ability to sit in the same room as everyone else, it became important to manage communication channels proactively to ensure we all had access to the information needed to achieve our goals,” Schaevitz explained.

They set up incident commanders, communications leads and operations leads in both North America and Europe. Schaevitz was an incident commander.

They set up workstreams around capacity, dependencies, bottlenecks and ‘control knobs’ to handle any outages and production changes.

They used Google’s 21 data centers around the world to double the available capacity of Google Meet. However, it quickly became clear that resources would be needed as Google began working toward a 50x growth forecast.

In addition to scaling up its server capacity, Google also sought to make the process of supporting Google Meet more efficient. Schaevitz described this as “the most requests handled at the cheapest resource cost, without sacrificing user experience or reliability of the system.”

This enabled the service to handle 100 million daily meeting participants a day, according to Google. In April, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the tech giant adding 3 million new users a day, which was a 30-fold increase since January.

Google racked up more than 600 million daily Meet participants in a single week, according to Pichai. (During the company’s second fiscal quarter, which ended on June 30).

Other teleconferencing services have also experienced massive growth as a result of the coronavirus lockdowns and work-from-home orders. Zoom, for example, reached 300 million daily participants by the end of April.

Fox Business’ Audrey Conklin and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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